Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour with Nancy Zieman

It is always so exciting to be part of anything that has to do with
Nancy Zieman 

It's my turn for the blog tour today and
I'm talking and sharing about Nancy's new book called
Quick Column Quilts: Make 12+ Bold & Beautiful Designs in Half the Time
You can find more information about the tour here.

It was really hard to choose from all the wonderful quilts in Nancy's new book... but one that struck my fancy was the


Happy- Go- Lucky Chevron Column Quilt on page 54.

With the chevron craze I was happy to see a different take on the look of chevron. I loved the broken chevron look this quilt has because of the sashing that runs through the middle of the columns. Not only is the design modern but I wanted to choose a color palette that was simple and also gave the quilt a modern flare...


I decided to use solids from the Riley Blake Designs collection 
of solids which you can check out here.

I chose a color palette of corals and grays,
using white as the contrasting color to pop and showcase not only the color but the design.

One of the most clever things I learned from the instructions, for this pattern, is how to sew my strips together. They are sewn one direction for one column and then reverse for the other column. When you cut the column in half that gives you your top and bottom straight edge. 
You sew the angled edges together to finish the column...
there is no waste!!! Brilliant!!!

The finished look is bold and modern.

This is just one of the 12 quilts in the book. 
There are so many tips and tricks that Nancy shares on how to make a 
complicated design using a simple sewing technique. 

 Nancy shares ideas on how to choose your fabric
simple sewing techniques, tools and templates to use and much more...

Nancy has shared and written this book with a modern approach to quilting...using bold beautiful designs and making them in half the time!

If you would like to win one of Nancy's new "Quick Column Quilts" Books, be sure to leave a comment.
You will love this book! The giveaway here, starts now. 
A winner will be announced after the blog tour is finished on September 18th. 

Below is the full tour... be sure to check out everyone's blog post. 

Happy Sewing!


Nancy Zieman is pleased to announce that 27 bloggers will feature various projects or techniques from Quick Column Quilts, starting September 4 and ending September 17th. Please follow along!

09/04/14 Nancy Zieman
09/05/14 Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.
09/06/14 Diary of a Quilter and Stitchin Jenny
09/07/14 A Woman a Day and Craizee Corner
09/08/14 Jina Barney Designz, Lilac Lane Patterns, and Totally Stitchin' 
09/09/14 Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama
09/10/14 Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan
09/12/14 Happy Valley Primitives, Doohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day
09/13/14 Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around
09/14/14 Lazy Girl Designs and Marie-Madeline Studio
09/15/14 Always Expect Moore and Polka Dot Chair
09/16/14 Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs
09/17/14 Indygo Junction and Amy's Creative Side

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 2014 That Alpine Quilt Group

Wow! What a fabulous trunk show last night at Quilt Group.
You can't believe the talented people.
I wanted to go home and quilt all night...I was so inspired by these fabulous designs, colors and intricacy of the beautiful art these women have created!!!


This quilt was made from scraps from some women in Ghana. This lady was serving a mission there and collected these scraps and made this Oh My Gosh Quilt!
Isn't it amazing!!!
The colors were spectacular. What a treasure!!!

This is another one of the ones she made from Yoyo's

This is a quilt Paula had been working on that was inspired by the trunk show for tonight given by Ann you will see her quilts are beautiful.
I love the red and green combinations in this quilt.

A fun geometric block.

A pineapple quilt that was made from beautiful purple and green scraps.

This is the start of Ann Lewis' trunk show. 


                                                          I love this quilt!!!

Ann is crazy addicted to cutting. She cuts a bazillion pieces and then begins to sew. She loves cutting and sewing blocks but rarely finishes. You can't believe the amazing work... 

These are her spot quilts. On the back she has large dots but the purpose is to make eye spy quilts. He squares are 2" cut. They are for her grandchildren that she doesn't have... 
they are to spot the object...cute idea...

This is her low volume quilt with all the pieces having a white background. It's a beautiful modern quilt effect...

Happy Sewing!!!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Reversible Quilted Cotton Child's Simple Smock

 Welcome to the Quilted Cotton Blog Hop Tour!!!
For this fun project we used Riley Blake Designs Quilted Cotton!
You can check out all the fun prints that are available here...


I invited my friend, Aniva Willoughby, to show us how she makes these super cute children's smocks. They can be made for a boy or girl depending on what colors you decide to use and how you want to embellish them. The smock will fit a toddler size 1-2.

Bias tape is one of the supplies needed.
You can purchase bias tape in a package that contains 3 yards... 
you will need 2 packages of EXTRA WIDE DOUBLE FOLD BIAS TAPE
you can make your own bias binding, in which case, you will need 5 1/2 yards.
Pick a contrasting color in comparison to your sure makes the project look cute!!!

Next, download the templates for the pattern pieces here
They can be printed on 8 1/2" x 11" standard paper.

Be sure to line up the top and bottom of the front and back sections. Match the dots.
Tape them together to complete the pattern pieces.

 For material, like this mustache print, with a pattern which runs selvage to selvage, 
you will need 1/2 yard of double sided quilted cotton fabric.
The layout above shows which direction the pieces need to be placed for cutting.

Note:  take a moment before cutting your fabric  to measure the 1" box provided on the pattern pieces.  This will mean that your pieces have printed out to the correct size.  If your "box" does not measure 1" you will need to check your printing parameters to make sure the file is printing at the correct size.

 For material, like this chevron print, with a pattern which runs parallel to the selvage, 
you will need 1 yard of double sided quilted cotton fabric. 
This will make 2 smocks.
The layout above shows which direction the pieces need to be placed to be able 
to cut 2 smocks.

There are so many embellishments to choose from: pom poms, ric rac, buttons, bias binding in a variety of colors and of course an embroidery CD with geekly chic designs, from 
Riley Blake Designs, that Aniva used to embellish using her Bernina.

Before sewing your smock pieces together you will want to plan where you would like your embellishments to go. Aniva embroidered a mustache on the front pocket first.

If you want to have a cute tie, use the tie template provided. Trace and cut your tie template out of your selected fabric. Use your favorite applique method and secure to the smock front section.

Another fun embellishment would be to add a cute flower. 

There are so many fun tutorials online for making flowers. 
Or, use a scrap of the double sided quilted cotton  to cut a circle with the template provided.  Zig zag the edge of the circle to prevent fraying. 
Cut a 2 1/2" x 40" strip of contrasting cotton fabric. 
Fold and press the fabric in half lengthwise.  Gather along the cut edge.

Sew the gathered strip onto the quilted cotton circle in a spiral from the outside edge into the center.  Sew a button to the center to finish.  
(You can see a photo of the flower on a smock later in this post).

The appliqué and embroidery embellishments need to be done before you sew the smock together.  The gathered flower can be sewn on at the very end of the project.

After you have decided how you want to embellish and have completed the embellishing, if it needs to be done can begin sewing your smock.

Before sewing with bias tape NOTE...there is one side slightly "wider" and one side  slightly "narrower" than other side.   
The "wider" side of the bias tape should be the side that is sewn when the tape is top other is the underside of the bias tape and the "wider" portion of the fold will help you "catch" the bias tape when you turn it and top stitch it.  Some people find it frustrating to sew with bias tape because they don't realize the sides of the tape are actually different widths, so look closely and you will see what we mean.  Just in case this doesn't make sense to you there are many video tutorials on line that you can watch. 
Just search the internet for "How to Properly Sew with Bias Tape" 
and watch a few videos before starting to sew.

We will be showing the method we prefer using for sewing bias tape,
 knowing that there are various methods. 
Please choose your favorite method that works best for you.

You want to unfold the bias tape and place the "narrower" side of the bias tape right sides together with the top edge of the side insert piece of double sided quilted cotton fabric. 
Stitch on the "fold" line closest to the edge of the bias tape.

Note...we sew continuously (chain) across the raw edges 
of both side insert pieces and the top of the pocket.

This is the top of the pocket.

Cut apart the pieces. 

Flip bias tape to the other side. 
Top stitch in can use a fancy stitch for the top stitching 
if your machine has one you like.

Trim excess bias tape.  
Make the edges of the bias tape nice and flush with the fabric.

Pin shoulder seams WITH WRONG SIDES TOGETHER of back and front pieces.

Sew bias tape to shoulder seam.

 Flip bias tape to the other side. Top stitch in place.

Trim bias tape edges even with the fabric on the neck and shoulder edge.

Lay pocket in front. Pin sides together.

Baste the pocket edges on both sides. 
(This is a long stitch to hold all layers in place. Put the stitches as close to the edge as you can so that the stitches will be covered with bias tape in a future step.)

Trim excess if it doesn't match perfectly.

Pin side insert to the front WITH WRONG SIDES TOGETHER.

Baste the side insert pieces into place. 
(Stitch close to the edge...this will be covered with bias tape.) 

 Pin side insert to the back WITH WRONG SIDES TOGETHER. 

Baste the side insert pieces to the back of the smock. 
(Again close to the edge.)

Sew the bias tape, starting at the bottom of the back side and going up to the shoulder then back down, to end in the front.
Note: Press shoulder seam toward back.
Repeat for the other side.

Note...when sewing the bias tape around the curves patient...adjust the bias as you sew 
around the shoulder area making sure not to catch the underside of the smock.

Flip bias tape to the other side. Top stitch in place.

Open 2nd package of bias tape 
(if you have the 2 packages of the 3 yards per package).

Sew bias tape starting at the top of the neck. Sew down the center back, 
across the bottom then up to the other neck opening.

Note...the direction of the 2 seams...they face towards each other .

Note...when going around the curve make sure the bias tape lays flat 
on the stitched edge.  The bias may look a little "bunched" up but if you don't
 have any puckers in your stitching it will turn perfectly to the inside and be nice 
and flat when you top stitch it down.

 Flip bias tape to the other side. Top stitch in place.

Cut a 45" bias tape piece...find the center and place a pin.

Place a pin in the center front of the neck. 
Match pins on the bias tape and the smock.     

 Follow the bias from the center pin to the edge of the neck of the smock.
Pin across neck edge.

Sew bias on the neck edge of the smock.

 Flip bias tape to the other side. 


Fold raw edge of bias tape in 1/2". Pin.
Top stitch across the entire edge of the bias tape 
to finish the smock neck and create the neck ties.

Note...shoulder seams lay toward the back. 

Thank you so much Aniva for this adorable smock 
and thank you to everyone for stopping by to enjoy this blog hop.
I know my little grand daughters are going to stay 
nice and clean in their little smocks.

I hope you all enjoyed this fun tutorial.
Once you have conquered sewing one of these, you are going to want to sew several...either for your grand babies or for your children...they make great's a nice time to begin sewing for Christmas!!!

Happy Sewing!